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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
94
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2,219 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,219
Hads: 6,363
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,094 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of NEhophead
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml clear bottle.

Creamy tan head that fades to the sides after a moment. Thin and spotted lacing with average strength. Dark brown/opaque black in color.

Strong vanilla, milk chocolate, and rolled oat aromas. A mildly sweet caramel maltiness as well. Great aromatics.

Semi-sweet vanilla and caramel flavors that lead to a dark oat and grain bitterness. Notes of milk chocolate throughout. A very pleasant vanilla and roasted oat aftertaste.

A mellow oatmeal stout with great flavor. Smooth and warming on the palate; not heavy at all.

A very drinkable version of the style given how tasty and mild on the palate it is. One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. One I'd be happy to drink anytime.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with ruby glints and a diminutive tan head. Lacing is a good webwork. The aroma is of caramalized sugar, chocolate and cappacino. The flavor is a complex mix of sweet malts. Theres lots of milk chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, cocoa and subtle fruit flavors. Hoppiness and burnt barley flavors are present but very minimal. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth with a velvet like fine carbonation. This is a very unique and delicious stout. Id imaginie milk stouts taste similar to this sweetish stout.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, in appropriate glassware.

Appearance: Very dark brown beer, with a darkly-tan head.

Aroma: Sweet coffee aroma.

Flavor/Body: Dry, slightly chocolaty malt flavor, with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Finishes dry. Medium body, perhaps slightly oily/watery, with low carbonation.

Not my favorite style, but it's the first chilly day of Autumn we've had in this unseasonably warm Texas fall, and this makes a perfect accompaniment to the cold.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice black color with a finger of cream colored head. The nose is chocolate chip oatmeal cookies from the malt and the oatmeal, It smells really good. The oats are very present. The flavor is the flavor is good, with lots of chocolate in it. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin for my liking. Drinkability is good as well. Even without the cold having hit yet, I could easily drink a few of these. This doesn't fill me up too much, making it a nice beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tight head, good lacing. Black, no real hints of ruby. Brown foamy, soapy head.

Smells light of toasted malts--sweet coffee and grain, with a hint of alcohol. Nice smell, but not strong enough to really enjoy.

Tastes like big malt, roasted, sweet and sugar malt. Raw sugar. Nothing processed. Barley in the back, more malt. A hint of an oaty aftertaste, dry and sour. Really nice.

Terrific foamy mouthfeel. Goes down great for a stout.

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Photo of zacharius
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a solid black with a foamy tan head. Smell is of yeasty esters with a grainy background. There is a hint of a vinous character in the smell, a characteristic of the yeast I think. Taste is smooth but rich and complex dry roasted maltiness with an earthy character and a hint of bittersweet. Full bodied yet smooth as silk. Excellent drinkablility, I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear 12 oz bottle. No freshness or ingredient info. Gold foil around the neck.

Dark ruby burgundy, rather clear, under a voluminous three+ finger head that settled pretty quickly to half a pencil's worth of head for the duration., leaving a few spots of lace. Nice roasted nuts and raisin nose. The mouth is fairly flat and rather syrupy heavy. Nice smooth malt taste, with a distinct citrus sour element to balance the bready grain. A touch of smooth bitter hops struggle to emerge from the oatmeal blanket, and do leave some notes in the finish. The aftertaste is mostly raisin, with a touch of lemon. Maybe the bottle was light struck, but this was not the knock-out brew I had hoped for.

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Photo of etaggie09
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearacne: Black. Small light brown head that quickly diminishes. moderate carbonation. head retention not as good as it should be.

Aroma: pronounced sweet vinous smell with some alcoholic whiffs. Has some subtle fruity smells in the background as well.

Taste: Nowhere near as bitter as a regular stout. A sweet fruity vinous flavor with some oats in the background. Somewhat like coffee and cream with alcohol. A very dry aftertaste finishes this fairly sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice moderate body with moderate-high carbonation. A bit too much in my opinion.

Drinkability: Dry aftertaste, low alcohol. Easy as pie.

Notes: This was a fairly solid beer that was a nice sweet alternative to the Sinebrychoff Porter, which I also enjoyed.

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Photo of rugger
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark smooth black. Very nice smooth sweet smell of nuttienes with a taste of dark malt with hints of chocolate and prunes and a slight hint of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth that supports a nice easy drinking stout. This beer is a classic.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Oaty Stout is black as night with a good, decent head that left clumps of pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – The pure, unadulterated, dark roasty malts were terrific. They were complimented by some good, raw sugar and maybe even a hop or two for balance.

Taste – The big, roasted malt flavor came out nicely. It is very dark in here. The nice raw sugar from the nose came out at the taste as well along with a subtle hop balance. The oatmeal flavor was light and in the background.

Mouthfeel – This one was medium-bodied and bitteringly roasty with some good dryness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good, heavy stout that’s light on the oatmeal but well-balanced nevertheless.

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Photo of Brian700
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark and has a nice tan head that sits about a half inch tall. It smells like molasses, malt, and a little alcoholic. It has a great flavor. Tastes of malt, roasted barley, chocolate, and as it hits the back of you pallat you get that bitterness of the hops. I like the mouthfeel a lot. Good amount of carbonation and it coats the mouth nicely. This a very good beer and very drinkable overall. I would recommend to anyone. This is the first stout that I really got my girlfriend to enjoy and thats saying a lot because she is not a stout drinker at all.

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Photo of KoG
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nearly black, dark brown from a 550mL bottle creating a generous fizzy light brown head that slowly dissolved but left little lace around the glass.

The smell is of chocolate malt, sweet oatmeal and brown sugar with a hint of alcohol and is pronounced but not overwhelming.

The taste is robust, mixing what seems like dark chocolate and maple syrup and finishing slightly nutty with a definite toasted-oat background.

Has a slightly lighter body than expected, but the pronounced flavor and virtual absense of bitterness makes up for the slight lack of creamyness. Goes down smooth as silk with a nice carbonation.

Very drinkable, especially in the Fall months when it's not cold enough to demand a stronger stout. Can't drink too many though as it can become quite filling.

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Photo of jvajda
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as night with a very dark head.
Smell: Very strong alcohol smell, not much else.
Taste: Again a very strong jolt of alcohol. After the initial shock, I was able to discern some hints of stout and grain flavors. Just the slightest hint of oatmeal. This is certainly the strongest tasting brew with a 5.0 ABV I've ever had. It tastes like it's three times that.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and presence.
Drinkability: Given it's 'meal in a can' nature this isn't a good session beer but good every once and a while.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml clear glass bottle
This beer is black with hint of red-brown when held to a light. It has a very nice thick creamy head that is tan in color and lasts. The taste is of coffee and chocolate. It is mildly sweet but well balanced. This a very drinkable medium-full bodied beer.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When cold, this Sam Smith Oatmeal is strikingly similar to a wonderful ESB with bright, fruity yeast, a crockful of buttery diacetyl, and latent hoppiness. As it warms, these characteristics never really go away, but create a backdrop for wonderfully deep, plummy/pruny malt with golden raisins on the nose and a very dry finish.

Relax, relax.
ng
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July 22, 2003

I could drink a case of this stuff.

For real stoutheads, this might not be the best. It is suprisingly light-bodied and, obviously, made from oatmeal instead of barley. Nonetheless, this is the easiest drinking stout I've ever had. The thick head on the pour, along with the peaking lace that slowly bubbles down the glass, offer a remarkable balance to the stout.

The focus is obviously on the malts and they don't go to ridiculous ends like virtually burning all the grain to show you that. It's mellow and especially delicious served warm (as all stouts should be). A light sweetness gives way to smooth caramel, perhaps a little nuttiness. Guiness Draught drinkers should especially adore the Sammy Smith. If you're more of a Bell's Kalamazoo Stout kind of person, this might be a waste of your time.

A staple beer.

Original rating: 4.15

Relax, relax.
ng

Also try: Rogue Shakespeare Stout (for a little more body; a truer stout)

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Photo of surfmeister
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty beer, very dark brown, coffee-like in appearance, huge head which stuck tenaciously to the glass and refused to dissipate.
Smell was a roasted, malty, nutty assault on the senses, taste followed suit with similar roasted, coffee, chocolate tastes. This is a full flavored beer, but far from perfect, I think the roasted taste creates a somewhat one dimensional brew due to it's overbearing nature, I didn't feel like drinking many of these, I needed a change up after the first one.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brownish black in which a beautiful offwhite head appears and nicely laces the glass. Aromas are off roasted malts, some other sweet malts, and a tiny bit of hop. The taste of this beer is extremely malty, showing off a nice array of roasted and toasty flavors. Following a nice smooth and sweet oat flavor along with a slight molasses take hold which adds a complex sweetness to this brew. Finally this beer finishes with yet more roast flavors and just a bit of sweetness to keep things just perfect. This beer has a nice creamy texture to it with a nice medium body. Simply a great beer.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a nice thick dark black with about half an inch of tan head. The head dropped fairly quickly and didn’t leave much lace. Aroma is packed full of chocolate and malty goodness with a bit of coffee thrown in the mix. Very sweet and creamy tasting with chocolate standing at the forefront and a roasted malt and coffee flavor blending in. A good blend of bitterness and sweetness balances this out fairly well with sweetness being more dominate, the finish is slightly bitter and dry. Mouthfeel was a good medium body and creamy feel to it. Very good drinkability as I had no problem downing a few of these. Excellent Oatmeal stout that I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz clear bottle and served it in a pint glass. Classic Samuel Smith gold foil on the top of the bottle and cap area. The label reads that this stout is "The Celebrated ".

The appearance is a dark and wholesome black. Nice head with perfect lacings evenly across the pint glass.

Captivating aromas of sweetness, espresso and molasses are evident.

Taste is very sweet and smooth. Minimal carbination makes this so easy to consume. Very deep flavors and a drinkability that is hard to compare as far as stouts. Just the right amount of bitterness underneath the sweet flavors.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml clear bottle, 'victorian pint'

Pours with a dark dark brown body, little light penetration, good foaming head, tan in hue

Smell, coffee aromas, thick malty sweetness

Taste, sweet, milky body, slight coffee bitterness also coming though

A good example of the style, mabye a little sweet but that is the style, full of flavour

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Photo of niknar
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice, dark brown... bordering on black. A milk-chocolate colored head rapidly appeared (fairly aggressive pour) and built to a very thick, fluffy mass. It slowly settled to a nice collar with some excellent lacing. This head survived several swirls. The aroma is good. Smelled something of oats, chocolate malt, and faint hops. Very pleasant, but not overwhelming. Taste was very rich with a complex development of oats, chocolate malt, and other darkly roasted malt flavors. Starts sweet, then finishes with a touch of hop bitterness for balance. Excellent! Mouthfeel was every so slightly thinner than I expected, though it did not seriously hurt the beer. Slightly higher than expected carbonation, but again, not so much as to be terribly distracting. This is truly an excellent stout to be enjoyed whenever the mood strikes! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (from a mixed four pack)

This one looks a whole lot like the Taddy Porter, maybe a little more brown than red when held to the light. Nice and dark, with a large tan head. This one has lots of lace too.

Smell is chocolate malt, dark fruit, nuts and caramelized sugar.

Taste is smooth and clean. Malt, dark fruits, a little bit of a coffee acidity.

Body is much lighter than a expected, in a good way. The carbonation is low to medium-low and just rolls on the tounge.

I could drink this all the time, good stuff.

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Photo of tjd25
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The head is lasting and thick, brownish, silky and very smooth with fine dense bubbles. The body is of a totally opaque black color, in which I could see myself perfectly as I was trying to evaluate the color of the beer.

The smell is very enjoyable but brighter than for the taddy porter: some coffee and some caramel; some dark fruits, maybe raisins and figs, and hints of yeast. The brighter aspect of the malts may come from the oatmeal, I don't know.

I had a hard time identifying specifically the oatmeal in the taste. The taste shows toasted malt notes, a coffee-like character, and a distinct fruity character. I had a light strawberry impression at one point, and the brew was definitely fruitier and sweeter than I initially thought. A great dark chocolate or trufle feeling comes in the finish.

The mouthfeel shows an incredible smoothness; this beer is so enjoyably creamy. But at the same time it remains greatly light and drinkable, with a very pleasing level of carbonation. The finish is sweeter and more "aired" than I expected, the beer's almost breathing in my mouth. Great.

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Photo of bignick
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good stout. Its color is a dark brown, with a brownish white head. The head is deliciously frothy when I take my first sip, and it remains for the whole pint. This defining characteristic of the taste is toastiness. There are hints of chocolate and slight hints of coffee, as no flavor dominates. This is a smooth and well-balanced stout that I could drink several of in one sitting.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head is giant and creamy. Very full earthy aroma, can't help but noticed something off. Is it alcohol I smell? Taste is a fine mix of rolled oats and unsweetened chocolate. Nuttiness moves into a bitter sweet after taste that is unrewarding. Feels fuller in the mouth than it looks in the glass.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,219 ratings.